Archive | December 2010

JPMorgan Chase Foundation Supports College Readiness with $100,000 Grant

We are pleased to announce that JPMorgan Chase Foundation has awarded Austin Partners in Education a $100,000 grant to fund our College Readiness Program. The Foundation support boosts our efforts to prepare a highly-educated workforce, and to move closer to the goal of all high school students graduating College Ready.

College Readiness is an in-school program that identifies, informs, advises, and tutors high school seniors who have achieved high enough test scores to be considered graduation ready, but not high enough to be College Ready according to the Texas Success Initiative. The program teams Austin Partners in Education (APIE) staff with Austin ISD staff.

This grant is just one example of JPMorgan Chase Foundation’s community building across the U.S.

The Foundation has a history of funding projects in community development; youth education; and arts and culture. They are particularly interested in funding these initiatives in low-income areas. Austin Partners in Education programs serve an audience of more than 80 percent economically disadvantaged.

To learn more about JPMorgan Chase Foundation initiatives please see the Community Partnership page of the JPMorgan Chase website. To learn more about the program being funded see our new Donor News page.

From all of us and the students we serve, thank you JPMorgan Chase Foundation!

Andy Roddick Foundation Gala Raises $725K for Youth

The 5th Annual Andy Roddick Foundation Gala featuring Jimmy Buffet was a big success Saturday night. Hosted at the Austin Hilton, event attendees came from across the city and the U.S. to take part in an action-packed evening benefit that included a cocktail party, silent auction, live auction, dinner, celebrity sightings, and a concert with Jimmy Buffet and his Coral Reefer Band. All of the fun was for a great cause as, according to the Foundation’s website, the event raised more than $725,000 for youth programs, including Austin Partners in Education.

Andy Roddick at podium

Andy Roddick welcomes guests at his Foundation's Gala in Austin last Saturday.

Andy Roddick and his wife Brooklyn Decker mingled with guests and offered up some crowd pleasing excitement with a live auction that included a U.S. Master’s Experience, a Sundance Film Festival package, a set visit to the hit TV show “The Office,” and silent auction items including autographed gear from Andy and other sports celebrities, VIP seating to a Spurs game and tournament/hotel packages to New York City and Paris.

Jimmy Buffet finished the evening with hundreds of attendees singing along to well known favorites. Everyone delighted in the surprise collaboration as John Legend joined Jimmy Buffet for an incredible duo. Earlier in the concert, Buffet picked four Gala attendees from the audience to join him on stage singing “Cheeseburger in Paradise.”

Supporting Austin Partners in Education at the event were: Wells Fargo Bank Presidents Don Kendrick, Mark Curry, Kathy Bolner, and Community Development Officer Theresa Alvarez, and guests.  From Seton Hospital, CEO Charles Barnett joined Senior Vice President Tom Gallagher, and Chair of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Post Office Carolyn Gallagher, KDK-Harman Foundation’s Janet Harman and family, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation’s Virginia Ballato, and AISD’s Shirley Heitzman, along with Burson-Marsteller’s Global Vice-Chair Karen Hughes,  Austin Strategic Planning’s Meg Moore, Runtex Owner Paul Carrozza, Time Warner’s Nancy Fitzgerald and KEYE’s President /General Manager Amy Villarreal with their guests.

Several members of APIE staff assisted as volunteers with the event’s registration, and the silent and live auctions.

All of us at Austin Partners in Education were thrilled to be part of the magical evening and send our sincere congratulations and best wishes to Andy, his family, and the Foundation for their continued commitment to at-risk youth.

In 2001, one year after turning pro tennis player, Andy Roddick began a charitable foundation dedicated to “Serving Children Today for Tomorrow.” The goal of the Andy Roddick Foundation is to improve the quality of life and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all children based on the principles of respect for family, education, and morality. The Foundation’s vision is to provide a culture where all children have a support system allowing them to have hope for a bright future.foundation logo

 In addition to benefitting Austin Partners in Education, the Roddick Foundation Gala also supports KIPP: Austin Public Schools, A Glimmer of Hope, The Settlement Home for Children, and Roddick’s Youth Tennis programs.

See the Foundation’s website news to learn more and see Gala photos.